Use Renewable Energy
There are many ways to conserve the
use of fossil fuel; using the sun, wind, or water to produce electricity
are among them. If you choose to do this, you will be forced to be careful
in the way you use your electricity because it is limited. Whether you
get your electricity from alternative sources or from the grid, it pays
to choose energy efficient appliances. Front-loading clothes washers,
for instance, use much less electricity, water and soap than the top-loaders.
LED lights use much less electricity than standard
bulbs or even compact flourescents. Many appliances use electricity by just being plugged in (known
as phantom loads); be sure to avoid this.
Besides conserving electricity, energy can be saved by using solar to heat water and your home. Good home design will allow daylight to provide lighting when possible. Under some circumstances wood heat is a renewable energy resource, along with geothermal. Even methane can be produced from biomass, collected and used for heating and cooking. Any strategy that helps conserve the use of fossil fuels for any of these applications is worth considering, especially if it reduces the amount of carbon dioxide emitted into the air.
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Incentives and Support
dsireusa.org The Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE) is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and selected federal incentives that promote renewable energy.
epa.gov The Green Power Partnership is a program that helps the procurement of green power by offering expert advice, technical support, tools and resources.
redfin.com tax rebates and incentives for green home improvements.
letsgosolar.com Tax Credits and Incentives for instally solar panels.
online.rider.edu presents this guide to green loans and energy efficient credits.
solgenpower.com Guide to Green Energy Tax Credits and Incentives for Homeowners
naturalhomes.org lists workshops from around the world, some relating to renewable energy.
solarenergy.org Solar Energy International on-line courses.
lowimpact.org the Low-Impact Linving Initiative in England provides information and courses related to renewable energy.
solarconnectionma.com has a number of informative pages answering questions about various modes solar energy use in the home.
ases.org the American Solar Energy Society publishes "Solar Today" and posts articles on-line.
homepower.com website for Home Power Magazine: the best source of up-to-date information about alternative energy for the home!
seia.org the Solar Energy Industries Association provides news and has a database of solar contractors.
solaraccess.com news, education, business listings and jobs related to renewable energy.
eia.gov teachers guide for kids learning about energy.
couponchief.com 41 Home Energy Saving Tips to Reduce Your Utility Costs
zeroenergyproject.org affordable zero energy home design & construction in 12 Steps
20somethingfinance.com Stop Wasting Money on Electricity! Your Guide to Identifying & Unplugging Standby Power Appliances
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